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Crystal Charles

Bye Jamaica 😒

By Hospitality in the Caribbean


Unfortunately, day six was our last day on this beautiful island. At the end of this day, we had a closing dinner with s again. Meeting managers and being in the different departments allowed us a fantastic networking opportunity. Some of the highlights from this trip were:
  • Just being in Jamaica!
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    • The food
    • The excursions
    • Meeting the Sandals/ Beaches team and networking with them
    • Meeting people from different backgrounds, especially the other students in this study abroad.
    • The discounts we got
    • Just being in Jamaica!
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    Giving Back Is Important!

    By Hospitality in the Caribbean


    Day #5!

    For weeks leading up to study abroad, students were sent links that we were encouraged to send around so that persons could donate things to the Sandals Foundation. These things were necessities that students in Jamaica needed. In the picture, some of the items were there, and the other items were sent to Jamaica.

    At the handing-over ceremony, General Manager gave such a touching story. We take certain things for granted; sometimes, we must sit back and be grateful for everything we have. Remember that giving back goes a long way!


    By Hospitality in the Caribbean


    Day #4 Day four was our fun day, and trust me; we had A LOT of fun! On this day, we could go on a catamaran and sail out to an area where we can go snorkeling. They made snorkeling very inclusive, where even though you may not be able to swim, you could have still taken part! They made everyone wear life jackets and gave everyone the gear to go snorkeling. If you could swim, they gave everyone clear instructions that they must follow, and if you couldn’t swim, they had persons in the water with floating devices that you could hold on to. After snorkeling, we all returned to the catamaran and then took us to Dunns River. The water was freezing, but the adventure was worth it! Honestly, this experience was a team-building exercise, and EVERYONE had fun! After climbing the falls, we returned to the catamaran, and we were greeted with food. The Dj was playing music, and everyone was having a great time! We then returned to the resort, changed quickly, and were back out again! We all got on to the shuttle and were taken to the Luminous Lagoon. The Lagoon sparkles and glistens when disturbed, as these microscopic organisms produce an eerie glow, reflecting the outlines of fish and other objects in the water. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is IMG_4860-576x1024.jpeg

    Wedding Bells

    By Hospitality in the Caribbean


    Day #3!

    On the third day, we got to go into the various departments we were interested in and shadow the Managers. I chose Weddings; while at this department, I was able to meet with all the staff and learn what their roles were.

    The manager went over what her day-to-day activities were and showed us examples of documents used. She also told us fun stories about working weddings. The best part about this department was that we got to see a couple do a retie the knot ceremony on the beach!

    Experience Beaches/ Sandals resortΒ 

    By Hospitality in the Caribbean


    Day #2!

    We all got up to have a group breakfast and started our day! On the second day, we had a little orientation where we met the managers we would shadow and were told what was expected of us during our stay.

    After the orientation, we got a tour of the Beaches resort where we were staying. We saw the different room types, event areas, and all the different restaurants that we could enjoy during our stay.

    After touring the Beaches Resort, we got onto the shuttle and were transferred to the sandals resort. This resort was great and beautiful. At this resort, we saw ‘The Rabbit Hole,’ a British term for a bar when bars were illegal. This bar was said to be the only one in the Caribbean. At this stop, we also got to experience Jamaican food again!

    This resort was broken up into two, so after the Jamaican food break, we got into the suttle and were brought to the second part of this resort. We toured the resort and then had our lunch break. This resort was even more beautiful.

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    Arrival Day

    By Hospitality in the Caribbean


    Reaching the airport early gave us enough time to meet everyone else on the trip. This trip had 20 people, two lecturers, and eighteen students, making it easy to meet everyone and speak to the people we were rooming with.

    The flight was extremely short, and when we landed, we got to stay at the Sandals lounge at the airport until our transportation arrived. The drive from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios also went by very quickly.

    When we got to Beaches Ocho Rios, we were greeted by most staff and Managers at the property. This was amazing! It allowed us to feel extremely comfortable with everyone.

    We had just enough time to change rooms and then headed to a wonderful group dinner at the beach with managers. The layout was beautiful, and the fact that it was by the beach was even better. The theme for that night was Jamaican food, so we got to experience cultural food on the first day. We were also introduced to Jamaican artistic music.

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